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  1. I'm about a year out of school. I'm not super happy about where I work currently, and I don't have any close friends or family here. In terms of "mental health", I'm probably at my lowest point. For the first time ever in my life, I've had to see a psychiatrist - things got that bad. I'm really, really lonely here and I'm getting so burnt out at work. I'd really like to move back to my home state, but I'm having a lot of trouble with the job search process. It's really difficult to schedule interviews in another state around my current work schedule, and prepare for the interviews, travel, dry clean suit, network, apply for more jobs, etc. Job searching has turned into another full time job on my free days. At work, I'm often doing 13-15 hour days (supposed to just be 12 hours), with barely any free time to check e-mail or return phone calls during week days. I'm doing the best I can to juggle everything, but I feel so trapped here. I've thought about just quitting my current job so I can focus all of my attention on job searching... but I'm too scared to actually pull the trigger. A lot of places in my home state keep telling me I'm still a "new grad" even with a year of experience, and won't consider me any further. Also, I'm scared about having long gaps in between jobs because it might make me less marketable or get me in trouble with credentialing. My home state is a difficult place to get a job since there are so many PAs and NPs there already... So, I'm not really sure what to do... stay here and continue to be miserable or take the risk and quit. I'm a little nervous I won't be able to get another job in my preferred state with just my one year of experience... At this point, I don't even care about the salary or specialty. Is it too risky to quit without another job lined up? Will not having a current job affect me when applying for jobs? Thanks for any life advice!
  2. It will make your life a lot easier going to a program in the same area where you want to work. I regret not doing this.
  3. I mean... based on my experience with applying to jobs, I kind of wish I were an NP. 1-2 of the major healthcare networks in my preferred area seem to only hire NPs. It would also be nice to have union protection, especially as medicine becomes more corporatized...
  4. I've been out of school for less than 2 years... so I'm hoping maybe I can still break into something else. Hopefully... Urgent care isn't terrible when it's done well, and there is obviously a need for that kind of service. But I think too many private investors and business people are taking advantage of the urgent care bubble and they are completely destroying it. These private urgent care chains with unethical standards come into the market and put competitive pressure on urgent care facilities that are trying to practice high quality, evidence based medicine. Either way, I just find the work very uninteresting and soul crushing. I don't think I could tolerate doing it for years. I'm just sad
  5. I also work in urgent care, and my employer has started cracking down on us about this too. It makes me feel like we are taking advantage of patients and feels deceptive, even if it's not technically "wrong". I really hate working in urgent care and I regret ever taking this job. I want to get out of urgent care so badly. I'm scared that the longer I work in urgent care, the less marketable I will be as a PA in other specialties. I just don't know how exactly to break out. I see more and more of these clinics opening every day, which makes me very nervous about the sustainability of my job. My employer treats its employees fairly well overall (for now) ... but I've heard horror stories about working for some of these newer, private urgent care chains. Initially I thought working in urgent care was a great way to keep up my general skills and see a lot, but I've quickly grown to hate it. I used to be so hopeful about my career prospects as a PA, but now it feels like I've fallen into a depression slump. I've even considered switching careers altogether. Urgent care just feels like a dead end pathway - it doesn't seem to prepare you for much.
  6. I was wondering if any of the more experienced PAs here know much about working in an observation unit. I've read a mixture of things online, but there really isn't much out there about the PA's role in an observation unit. As for context, I may have a good chance of working in a geographical area that is saturated with PA programs, PAs and NPs. It would allow me to move closer to my family and would mean credentialing with one of the largest healthcare networks in the region. I'm a little nervous about the actual role, but I think it might be a good move for my personal life. I'm not certain about this, but I think it would be easier to transition into a different job within the same network later on. I'm not sure when/if I'll have another opportunity to get a job in this region, given the competition. Has anyone here worked in an observation unit, and would you mind sharing your experience or thoughts? If you want to PM me instead, that works too. Do you think this would be good clinical experience for a relatively new(ish) PA? I'm not particularly interested in one specific specialty, so I think it would be better to stay broad. If I worked there for a few years or so, do you think it would help me be more competitive in the future for something like primary care, hospitalist medicine or cardiology? Thank you for any thoughts or feedback!!
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